Administered through the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation (FLPF), the Philadelphia Out-of-School Time Literacy Initiative (POSTLI) is a literacy technical assistance and professional development service provider for the OST community. POSTLI supports after school literacy education using high impact literacy strategies delivered through professional development and supportive on-site coaching. Begun by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) in 2000 as the Youth Education for Tomorrow (YET) model, the FLPF has found that this balanced literacy model continues to be a sound vehicle to addressing literacy needs while fostering high levels of engagement grounded in the context of Structured activities. As part of the range of technical assistance and professional development services that POSTLI provides, YET signature sites are offered as models for providers interested in seeing high quality literacy-supported activities using a continuous improvement model to support youth who struggle to achieve at expected levels.
Professional Development workshops are scheduled through the Free Library of Philadelphia, and at OST sites throughout the city, and cover a wide variety of topics including interactive read aloud, writing, independent reading, word works (literacy games), infusing structured activities with literacy, and more. Trained literacy coaches provide coordination with the Free Library of Philadelphia resources, provide program planning, model effective strategies as well as provide feedback to sites, and options for data collection and analysis.
POSTLI is funded by the Department of Human Services (DHS) through Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC).
For more information on participating afterschool providers, as well as information on our signature sites, please contact Bill Richards, Director, or Nilda Soto, Program Officer, at POSTLI@freelibrary.org